If you thought the Yaris is Toyota’s smallest car, you will be surprised to learn that the automaker sells an even smaller model in Europe dubbed the 2019 Toyota Aygo. The model which blends European sensibilities with Japanese style was produced in 2005. Toyota has managed to make the Aygo quite interesting in an otherwise dull segment. To maintain the car’s level of excitement, Toyota has made a number of new upgrades on the model including engine updates for a better driving experience. The Aygo shares its platform with the Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1.
2019 Toyota Aygo Exterior
The Aygo face takes the shape of an “X”; this is a kind of signature design for the model. Toyota has tweaked the lines of the “X’ to make the design even more attractive; also, the automaker has added more texture where the current model’s snout looked rather flush. The “X” graphic also adopts body color for 2019 model year. The grille looks more aggressive and the headlights have been slightly revised. The fog lights have been shifted closer to the edges.
Overall, the components of the front fascia now blend better and make the Aygo look neater. At the back, the Aygo features new LED brake lights but all other features are unchanged. The flanks are also unchanged except for the 15-inch alloy wheels which can be had in new color options.
Inside, Toyota has also made some new changes including better graphics for the car’s infotainment system and added new color options for the seat upholstery. Other features carried over unchanged. The automaker has also made several improvements to reduce noise, vibration as well as harshness problems. The automaker has bolstered the car’s seals and added extra sound-absorption materials around the doors, A-pillars, around the dash, and around the rear deck.
The Aygo will be available in three regular trim levels: X, X-Play X-Clusiv trims. There will also be two special-edition trims: X-Cite and X-Trend.
Engine and performance
The 2019 Toyota Aygo is powered by a 1.0 L, 3-cylinder VVT-i that is rated at 71 hp and 69 lb-ft of torque which is 3 hp more and 1 lb-ft less than what the engine delivers in the outgoing version. According to Toyota, the power enables the Aygo to trot to 62 mph in 13.8 seconds. The model can reach a 99 mph top speed. Some trims feature taller 4th and 5th gears to enhance fuel economy. The Aygo is also hooked up with a stop/start system and low-rolling-resistance tires to enhance its fuel economy ratings. The new model has an enhanced fuel economy rating of 72.4mpg on combined drives compared to the outgoing model’s 68.9 mpg.
Toyota has also done an awesome job reducing noise and vibrations common with A-segment car; in addition to upgrades in the cabin, the automaker has used low-friction components on the engine. The automaker has also revised the model’s suspension settings and upgraded the vehicle’s steering software and refined the balance shaft to enhance handling.
Price and release date
The 2019 Toyota Aygo was displayed at the just concluded Geneva Auto Show. It will go on sale in the second half of 2018. Toyota has not announced official prices of the new Aygo but we are not anticipating any significant changes; the current entry-level Aygo has a base price of £9,500.
The Toyota Aygo faces rivalry from its close cousins Peugeot 108 and Citroen C1 as well as the Suzuki Swift and the top-dog of the segment, the Volkswagen Up.